Growing in Distinction

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Simmons Cancer Center attains National Cancer Institute designation, placing it among an elite group of top-tier U.S. cancer centers. The recognition acknowledges Simmons Cancer Center for scientific leadership and its substantial resources devoted to finding new insights into, and better treatments for, cancer.

The state agency devoted to fighting cancer, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, funds its first research grants. By late 2015, the agency will have awarded more than $1.47 billion in grants, including $316 million to UT Southwestern, the most ofany institution.

The Breast Screening and Patient Navigation program at Simmons Cancer Center, designed to overcome financial and geographical hurdles that keep women from getting mammograms and timely diagnostic services, begins outreach in five rural counties.

Simmons Cancer Center is one of 14 medical sites selected to participate in the federally funded Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium, a clinical trial protocol that offers patients with advanced lung cancers free, extensive genetic testing of their tumors in an effort to find the best possible treatments.

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